Daily Bible Reading:
- Day 1: 1 Samuel 21:1-15
- Day 2: 1 Samuel 22:1-23
- Day 3: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
- Day 4: 1 Samuel 24:1-22
- Day 5: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Week 30: 1 Samuel 24:1-22 (David Spares Saul’s Life)
- Have you ever had a real enemy? If so, how did it make you feel? What kinds of things cause people to become enemies?
- Why did King Saul view David as an enemy? Do you think David deserved this? How do you think David must have felt about this situation?
- In today’s story, what unique opportunity did David have to do harm to his enemy? Instead of doing him harm, what did David do to Saul? What did David tell his men about his decision not to harm Saul?
- What did David mean by describing Saul as “the Lord’s anointed?” What role did godly respect and faith play in David’s decision to spare Saul? Even when “the Lord’s anointed” is in the wrong, why must we still show respect?
- What evidence did David present to Saul as proof of his grace and kindness toward him? What is the meaning of the ancient proverb that David quoted to King Saul in verse 13? Why is it important to always “take the high road?”
- Read Matthew 5:43-44. How do these words of Jesus compare to the ancient proverb that David quoted? Why is it hard to love our enemies and to be kind to them? Even though it is hard, why is it important for us to do this?
- How did Saul respond to David’s kindness? Realizing that David would become the next King, what request did Saul make of David? How is David’s response to this request another example of his kindness and respect?
- Here, David gives us a good example to follow. In what ways can we follow his example in dealing with our own enemies? How can we pray for you today in your personal dealings with an enemy?
- Let’s pray for one another today to have the faith and courage to love our enemies.